Bodegas Roda was founded in 1987 by Mario Rotllant and Carmen Daurella, who used their surnames to create the winery's name. It is located in the heart of the most historic area of Rioja wine — the Barrio de la Estación. The design of their modern 21st century building sits alongside the more classical style of neighbouring wineries, some of which are among the oldest wineries in Rioja. The harmony between the two styles is also found in the Roda wines, which bring together tradition and modernity in a balance between classical freshness and the warmth of spices and ripe fruit.
Built above an old nineteenth century calado (a kind of traditional cellar under houses used for winemaking), Bodegas Roda produces wines with an utmost respect for the style of Rioja wine and local grape varieties. Sustainability, respect for nature, and research are the keys to their winemaking philosophy. They have carried out studies to see how grape varieties perform in different circumstances, as well as research into winegrowing techniques and new ideas to face the problem of global warming. Bodegas Roda work with old bush vines, with a low-yield of carefully selected fruit. They split their property into seventeen different landscapes and vinify their respective grapes separately in French oak vats. Although most of their vines are in Haro and neighbouring villages in the region of Rioja Alta, some plots are located in Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja, adding to the wide and rich diversity of notes found in their wines.
Their wines include Roda, with a profile of red fruit (strawberries and cherries); Roda I, tending more towards dark fruit (plums); Sela, created from younger vines (less than 30 years old); and Cirsion, the magnificently complete top-range reference wine of the winery.